The last few weeks have been eventful and interesting. My summer session finished two weeks ago, and to be honest, I was sad to see that class go. There were only six people in it by the time we finished, but they were a great group of guys who worked really hard and did a great job. I had a lot of fun with them, and it was neat to see the Northwest Center, which I'd never been to before. And a couple of the guys have signed up for my lit classes this upcoming semester, which I'm also looking forward to.
Last week was what I refer to as as my "in-service" week, though that's not an entirely the proper term for it. Monday was convocation and our division meeting, Tuesday was my day to work express registration, Thursday was our professional development day, and Friday was our department meeting.
In the meantime, I've been working on finishing up schedules and syllabi--and perhaps most importantly, lesson plans, as I've got substitutes coming in to teach while I'm on maternity leave during part of the semester. I've almost got everything for my 1301 classes finished, so I just need to complete that (about two weeks of lesson plans more for there), and then get my lit classes together. I'm teaching three sections of 1301 this semester, American Lit II and World Lit I. That said, I'm not entirely sure that American Lit is going to make, but we'll find out tomorrow--people can still register tomorrow, so it may yet make.
We had a childbirth class Thursday on caring for your newborn. Saturday, we were supposed to go to a getting ready for childbirth class. This was complicated by the fact that yesterday morning, I spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon in the Labor and Delivery ward getting checked out to see if my water had broken. It hadn't, but we missed the childbirth class entirely, and there's not another one until after Little Bit is born, so I'm bracing myself for some YouTube research, because surely, there's a video about it on YouTube somewhere.
In the meantime, we've been preparing quite a bit. The playpen is up, Dear Husband put together the crib yesterday, and the car seat is ready to go in the car and the stroller is together, which he is going to take care of later today after the weather has cooled off a bit. Ninety-six degrees is a bit much to be fiddling with things out in a hot car. I've got all Little Bit's clothes and blankets, etc. in the washing machine right now, It's hard to believe that she might be that tiny....
And the truth is, she may not be! I had an ultrasound on Wednesday, and she's already weighing in at 7 lbs, 2 oz., and the doc told me that we are going to have the biggest baby in the nursery, and there's some concern that her head, which in the best family tradition (on both sides), is quite a bit bigger than might have been expected--like a whole month ahead.
I was disappointed yesterday that we weren't going to have a baby this weekend, but it's just as well. I really need to get through the first few days of class--preferably the first week--before I go on maternity leave. I'd like for my students to actually be able to see my face before I disappear on them for a while!
I have been having contractions off and on, though. Nothing regular, and generally not particularly strong, though they were stronger last night than they had been. But baby is still a way off, and in the meantime, she's wiggling about almost all the time now. So she and I sit in the recliner (which DH bought for me last weekend because I've been having heartburn so badly I can't sleep) and put my feet up and rest as much as possible right now. I have a feeling I may be spending some of my office hours in the faculty lounge, where I can sit on the cough and put my feet up there. It's not that I don't have my nice big comfy chair in my office....it's just that I can't really get in and out of it by myself right now!
This does not mean that we are ready for Little Bit's arrival, by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't think we're ever really going to feel ready for her, so we're doing the best we can. So we're on baby watch here--and at home, also waiting for Little Bit's cousin, and I'm going to be sitting back trying to rest as much as I can before she gets here. It's going to be an exciting semester here, and while I'm not sure I'm ready for it to get started, it's here.